The Pick: Outside In

Well, we’ve made it to the end of another season of The Pick, and in this finale we’re saying goodbye to one of our own — Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton, who passed away about a month ago. We discuss the indie director’s short-but-prolific career, while also going in-depth on her criminally underseen 2017 drama Outside In. We also get into some talk about another hometown hero, Jeffery Dean Morgan (because why not), while also airing some recent cancelations, because that’s just the world we live in. Continue reading

The Pick: Hot Rod

Everybody rev your engines, because this week we’re soaring off a jump and crashing our mopeds into a discussion of Hot Rod. Is it the most thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating conversation we’ve ever had? Not really. Does it feature us constantly recalling ridiculous jokes from the movie in question and chuckling to ourselves approvingly? You bet your ass. We also get a bit into the underrated movie career of Andy Sandberg and why there just wasn’t room for Hot Rod in the comedy-abundant Summer of 2007. Continue reading

The Pick: Dick Tracy

Get out your two-way wristwatches and your banana-colored trenchoats, because this week we’re talking about Dick Tracy. It’s a movie that seemed to be everywhere when it came out in 1990, and now is more or less forgotten. We delve into Warren Beatty’s long road to getting a Dick Tracy movie made, as well as all of the merch and marketing that went into making it a cultural phenomenon. Or at least, an attempted cultural phenomenon, since we also get into why the movie doesn’t really fit into our typical modern notions of a blockbuster. Also featured is a momentous edition of John’s Rogues Gallery. Continue reading

The Pick: Speed Racer

Here it comes, here comes The Pick! Once again this week we’re reviewing a live-action movie adaptation of a famous cartoon (and there just might be another one around the corner). Are we talking about these colorful films as some sort of way of escaping our current depressing reality? Possibly. Are we going to talk about John Goodman fighting ninjas? Definitely. It’s another episode of The Pick, this time dissecting The Wachowski’s Speed Racer and it’s rarin’ to go! Continue reading

The Pick: Phone Booth

After talking about Changing Lanes last week, we’re heading back to New York (and thriller territory) as we talk about 2002’s Phone Booth. The film’s long road to production is discussed as well as the careers of its somewhat eccentric writer and director. Phone Booth also becomes the first film in which both the protagonist and antagonist make an appearance in John’s Rogues’ Gallery. Just pick up the phone! Assuming that that’s where you listen to your podcasts… Continue reading

The Pick: Changing Lanes

For a long time, the three of us have had a mild fascination with the movie Changing Lanes. Like, what’s its deal? It stars two actors that have had a surprising amount of longevity in their careers and has a fun/stupid premise, and yet no one ever talks about it. So much so that this might be the first time anyone has talked about Changing Lanes in-depth on a podcast. So even though there are some audio issues in this episode, at least it has that going for it. Continue reading

The Pick: The Hunt For Red October

The world may have shut down, but we’re still intent on delivering episodes of The Pick. I mean, what else better do we have to do? This week we dig into a movie that’s sort of about social distancing, but also, not really, since it involves a lot of men being tucked into very close quarters with each other on a submarine. Anyways, it’s The Hunt For Red October! It’s the 30th anniversary! Let the hunt begin! Continue reading